A Cape Cod native, Dr. Nathan Latimer was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts and was educated locally through his high school years. He completed college at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. After college he moved to Southern California where he attended Loma Linda University where he completed both dental and medical school programs receiving D.D.S. and M.D. degrees. He completed a 6 year residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with extensive training in facial trauma, dental implants, head & neck pathology, anesthesia & sedation, facial cosmetic surgery, dental extractions, facial reconstruction, and bone grafting. He once again chose to make Cape Cod his home returning to be close to his family and serving the local community since 2015. As a diplomate to the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (Board Certified) since February 2017, he has remained proactive in his education. Dr. Latimer maintains operating privileges at both Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospital. He constantly seeks to improve patient care with an emphasis on advanced implant placement techniques utilizing the most current surgical technology. His practice has evolved to include the routine use of in office CT scanning, digital impressions, and 3D printing. He and his staff constantly seek to create a supportive and welcoming environment where patient needs are met and expectations are exceeded.
- American Dental Association
- Massachusetts Dental Society
- Cape Cod District Dental Society
- American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS)
- American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS)
Dental Implants :
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Latimer is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of ten weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Latimer performs the initial tooth extractions, bone grafting and the implant surgery. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent tooth replacement. Your dentist will also make any temporary tooth replacement needed during the implant process.
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
The procedure to place a dental implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. The surgeon will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case.
Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed.
When you are comfortable, the surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone, creates space using special instruments, and gently inserts the titanium implant. The top of this implant is often visible through the gum. Sometimes it is better in the early stages of healing to have the implant covered by the gum tissue.